Alan Pardew hits out at Jamie Carragher over penalty incident, accuses him of bias

Alan Pardew

The Crystal Palace manager says he "couldn't disagree more" with the former Reds defender's assessment of the diving debate.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has criticised former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher for his assessment that Christian Benteke was fouled for the Reds' last-minute penalty against the Eagles earlier this month, as quoted by the Mirror.

The Belgian striker went down under a challenge from Damien Delaney deep into stoppage time with the scores level at 1-1 at Selhurst Park and converted the spot-kick to hand the 10-man visitors a last-gasp 2-1 victory.

There has been much debate in the weeks since the incident as to whether Benteke was fouled or not, and Carragher, in his capacity as a pundit for Sky Sports, said that he thought there was enough contact to make the decision to give a penalty the correct one.

Pardew, however, remains adamant that there was no contact and has expressed his incredulity at that claim, suggesting that it may be one which stems from the former defender's pro-Liverpool bias.

He wrote in Palace's programme for tomorrow's clash with Leicester City, as quoted by the Mirror: "What annoyed me the most were Jamie Carragher's strong comments after the game stating that Christian Benteke was right to go down to win the penalty.

"I couldn't disagree more with those sentiments and it is a shame that so many former and current players share his opinion that diving is a valid tactic.

"Would Carragher have had the same opinion had Wilf[ried Zaha] gone down in the box in the 94th minute of a massive game at Anfield? I suspect not, but loyalties can blur opinions at times."

The former Newcastle manager is clearly still incensed by the decision which cost his side what would have been only a fifth league point since before Christmas, with the Eagles currently on a 12-match winless run which has seen a promising first half of the season fizzle out.

Meanwhile, the decision handed Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool a third consecutive Premier League victory after a run of just one win in six.

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